Tribeca Film Acquires ‘Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story’

Tribeca Film has North American rights to documentary “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story,” and will release it on VOD during the Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film has acquired domestic rights to the documentary "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," and will release the movie on VOD during this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

The civil rights documentary rounds out the slate of films Tribeca will release during the festival. The others are "Death of a Superhero," "The Giant Mechanical Man" and "Sleepless Night."

"Booker's Place" will be released on VOD on April 26, and have a theatrical release on April 25 in Los Angeles and April 27 in New York.

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The movie has its roots in 1965, when filmmaker Frank De Felitta made an NBC News documentary featuring Booker Wright, an African-American waiter who worked in a "whites only" restaurant in Mississippi. Wright later was murdered.

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Frank De Felitta's son, Raymond De Felitta ("City Island," "Two Family House"), made "Booker's Place," a story about past and current-day Mississippi and following Wright's granddaughter.

Among the questions Raymond De Felitta asks is whether his father's documentary played a part in Wright's murder.